Magnificent Lake Marian nestled in-between the mountains
Lake Marian is an alpine lake nestled in-between numerous Mountains in Fiordland and provides magnificent reflections and views on a calm day. Totally worth the climb!
Hiking to Lake Marian was not on our plan. We saw Lake Marian nestled between the mountains from Key Summit on the Routeburn Track and wondered if you could hike there…. Turns out you can! So, we did, and it was definitely worth it!
How to get there:
The track is located on Hollyford Road, which is off the Milford Sound Highway (SH94). Drive 1 km down the unsealed Hollyford Road and you will come across a carpark. Park here and then you will see a pathway heading into the bush. The Lake Marian Track sign is located here and you can begin.
Hiking to Lake Marian:
The time guide is 3 hours return for the 10km track. It took us 1 hour to hike there and 50 minutes back.
The track starts off by walking over a swing bridge and then heads into pretty flat terrain.
Ten minutes into the walk you will come across a spectacular waterfall. Take the time to admire this because the track gets harder from here on out.
After the waterfall viewing, the track quickly inclines and continues on an incline the whole way to Lake Marian.
It is a very gnarly track with lots of loose rocks, tree roots and big boulders to climb. There were even some trees down on our hike. Make sure you wear good footwear – we hiked in our Salmon Trail shoes. They have good grip and are comfortable.
We lucked out with the weather, but if you were walking after heavy rain, the track would be extremely muddy. So, take care. There is a stream or two to cross as well.
Note: There are long drops at the top of the walk just before you reach the lake.
Eventually, you will come across the magnificent Lake Marian!
As we could see this from Key Summit the day before, it was awesome to hike here and be completely surrounded by mountain tops.
Take your time to enjoy the view and snap your photos! The decline is just as gnarly as the climb.
Have fun exploring our beautiful country!
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